Alan Pardew Takes Another Sneaky Swipe At Newcastle

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew seems to be adept at taking shots at Newcastle since he left us rather quickly in late 2014 to join the London club.

The latest one surrounds his attempts to get Adam Lallana to Newcastle when Adam was still at Southampton.

Newcastle were heavily linked with Alan’s former playmaker at Southampton and it’s coming out that Alan wanted to sign the lad when he was at Newcastle.

And lan has more or less revealed something we already knew – that Graham Carr was the man in charge of recruitment at Newcastle and he had the last word on transfers and it wasn’t Alan Pardew.

Alan Pardew home to QPR

Alan Pardew while at Newcastle

Pardew must have been frustrated at the club when he wanted players and they were not brought in and the system basically didn’t work.

Graham Carr did well initially in signing some good players for us, but over the last two or three years the players he brought in were players Graham wanted to sign, but all too often had no bearing on strengthening the side.

But that’s what Alan signed up for when he was only too happy to take the Newcastle job back in December 2010 after Chris Hughton had been ruthlessly fired by then Managing Director Derek Llambias.

This is what Alan Pardew said about Lallana when talking before Crystal Palace took on Liverpool over the weekend (and lost 4-2):

“I had him at Southampton and he is a terrific athlete. He is player who has great ability.”

“Once he got introduced in the game against Manchester United, I think you could see the difference in their pressing. I think he’s key to that.”

“He was a player who I was desperate to bring to Newcastle, but the Chief Scout there at the time told me he wasn’t good enough.”

The failed system of recruitment was finally scrapped in the summer when Rafa Benitez agreed to stay, but only if he could have full control of all football matters and that included having the final say on everything in the transfer market.

Newcastle are now being run like a proper football club like it should have been a long long time ago.

And that has in all likelihood has made Pardew feel even more frustrated about his time on Tyneside.

To some extent Alan Pardew was a pawn in the game that owner Mike Ashley was playing at the time, but these sneaky shots at the club are not helping his image at Newcastle.

Alan was looked on for the last couple of years at Newcastle as part of the problem – and he was not popular with the Geordie fans.

And that’s probably a huge understatement right there.

Comments welcome.

17 comments so far

  • firebug666

    Oct 31, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Oooooo Ed what have you done, another inept one thread: 😀

    The inept one is a liar, why would anyone believe anything the idiot has to say?

    Well that’s that over with next!

  • Jimmy……Jimmy……Jimmy Smith

    Oct 31, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #2

    A shot at Carr Ed, not Newcastle, which he’s always very complimentary of, and not a sneaky one either, quite candid in fact.

    Would have been a great signing, if he’d have come. Top player, and even better hair, haha.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 31, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Its difficult for everyone to forget about Pardew when he seems to talk about Newcastle at every interview!!!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 31, 2016 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Going off his previous comments I’d Eadweard in to the being a dig at the whole set up. One in which he signed an eight year deal of be part of.

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 31, 2016 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Another person bringing up the past, think Ålan wants to come back.


    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Carr wasnt the only one who didnt think Lallana was good enough he had to make a splash in the PL with Southampton beofre Liverpool bought him, pretty sure Pardew was on about him when they were in league 1? Not much of a surprise that a seasoned scout wouldnt listen to the company yes man

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #7

    This predictive text has got to go.
    Eadweard isn’t even a word, how does it predict Eadweard from I’d read in to????

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #8

    My Rafa lineup this weekend against Cardiif.

    Anita Clarke Lacelles Dummett
    Hayden Shelvey
    Ritchie Diame Gourffran
    Austin (new signing)

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Thsts bester 🙁

  • Jib

    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #10

    I’m afraid that’s just typical football managers (not just Pardew btw) trying to demonstrate their prescience and eye for a good player.

    While not being so blunt as to call Mr Pardew a liar it is hard looking back to see when Lallana would ever have been available for NUFC to buy.

    When the Saints binned AP in September 2010 his successor Nigel Adkins pretty quickly signed Lallana to a new contract and the same thing happened when Adkins got the push – Mauricio Pochettino signed him to a further new contract within months of his arrival.

    In world cup year 2014 Pochettino left Soton Koeman came in and Liverpool after much haggling secured AL for £25 million.

    In short Pardew may have fancied the player but Carrs response (if it ever happened) would have been an incredulous look !

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #11


    You are like that French police officer in Allo Allo.

    Ha ha ha

  • welshgeordie9

    Oct 31, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #12

    Officer Crabtree: Good moaning.
    [approaches the bar]
    Officer Crabtree: I was just pissing your coffee, when I thought I’d drip in for a drunk.

    Officer Crabtree: [reminicing about his arrival in France] Ah yes, I remember it well. It was a dick night, and there was no min.
    René Artois: [to the audience] Dark night, no moon.
    Officer Crabtree: I jumped out of a Brittish bummer, which was being chased by some German farters.

  • Sav

    Oct 31, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #13

    You never let up, Ed. Can’t see what is the problem with Pardew stating this. We all suspected as much and now he has finally spat it out. You are probably right there’s a bit of envy there at the circumstances Rafa is operating in now. Pards had to leave for Crystal Palace to get similar autonomy.

  • Munster Mag

    Oct 31, 2016 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #14

    Cant see an issue with this. Pardew had his hands tied by carr who was busy buying useless frenchies. He goes to palace and establishes them as a PL outfit. And we still blame him? He’s irritating, but correct on this one.

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 31, 2016 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #15

    I wouldn’t say Pardew has established Palace as a PL outfit. He secured safety only on the last game last season and I would say they’re an outside bet for relegation this season. Gayle and Bolasie he sold and they are making their mark this season. Cabaye is over the top and Benteke can only play one way – long ball which won’t win a lot in PL. Pardew keeps harping on about Newcastle cos he knows where we’re headed and he wants reflected glory. This is the man who when in charge of West Ham, picked Haydn Mullins ahead of Mascherano and benched Tevez. Oh, and while I’m on a rant, he ruined Hatem Ben Arfa at Newcastle and Gouffran also. Basically, Pardew is a fraud!

  • Moonraker15

    Oct 31, 2016 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #16

    He’s the only manager that harps on about his previous club! If we were bottom of the league he wouldn’t give us a mention but it’s so obvious he wants to be associated with our success, having contributed to our downfall. You don’t hear Rafa going on about Real Madrid do you?
    At the end of the day he was down and out when Ashley took him on and on Ashley’s terms making relegation a certainty eventually. The Palace job was only available cos Tony Pulis wouldn’t work there without full control and walked. So I believe Pardew is working on the same terms as when at Newcastle; ie chairman’s yes man!

  • Owldman

    Oct 31, 2016 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #17

    Ritchie is suspended,


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